Oct. 24, 2013
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.—No. 22 Wake Forest scored two goals in the match’s final nine minutes to edge the Pitt women’s soccer team 3-1 Thursday evening before 441 fans at Spry Stadium.
Pitt battled back from a 1-0 deficit to tie the game on an Alex Charlebois goal in the game’s 69th minute. Charlebois finished on a shot from the right side after receiving a pass from freshman Siobhan McDonough. The goal was Charlebois’ team-leading third score of the season. McDonough registered her team-leading third assist on the year.
Pitt kept the score tied at 1-1 for the next 13 minutes until Wake Forest’s Ally Berry gave the Demon Deacons a 2-1 lead at the 81:37 mark when she finished on a through ball pass from Taylor Waters. Two minutes later at the 83:47 mark, Riley Ridgik scored on a rebound shot off another assist from Waters and Wake Forest led 3-1.
WFU’s Waters scored the game’s first goal in the 59th minute on a shot from the left side. Waters finished the game with one goal and two assists and Ridgik added a goal and assist.
“It was our best possession game of the year, very good game in terms of keeping the ball,” Pitt head coach Greg Miller said. “We created some chances in both halves and just didn’t capitalize on them. We had a lot of offense tonight, lots of positives, more possession created and more opportunities. That creates more pressure on their defenders. The goal we got was accidental. We had a great buildup, then Alex had the ball and mishit a cross but it went in the goal. When we were down a goal, we continued to fight, compete and battle. That was good to see.”
“On their last two goals, we made a few mistakes, technical things where we miscleared balls, missed assignments, nothing monumental, just not taking care of details. It came down to moments. We had a moment in the first 5 minutes of the game, should have had an opportunity, but we missed on an empty goal shot.”
The two teams ended the first half deadlocked in a 0-0 tie.
Wake Forest outshot Pitt 29-6 and registered 10 corner kicks to Pitt’s three. Pitt freshman goalkeeper Taylor Francis, a Cary, N.C. native, finished with a career-high seven saves in the contest.
“Taylor Francis, had a good game in goal, Siobhan had a good game in the midfield and Ella had a different way about her tonight, more positive and had more impact,” Miller said. “Overall, I’m pleased with the effort, but we learned that we can’t give up mistakes that cost us goals. That’s the backbreaking part of it, you compete and fight, then we give up goals on mistakes. Lots of positives to draw from and we’ll try to put it back together for Sunday at Duke.”
The loss drops Pitt to 4-12-1 overall and 0-11-0 in the ACC, while Wake Forest improves to 10-4-2 overall and 5-4-2 in the ACC.
No. 22 Wake Forest represented Pitt’s seventh nationally ranked opponent of the year. The seven opponents mark the most nationally ranked opponents that Pitt has ever played in a women’s soccer season. Previously, the Panthers had played five in both 1999 and 2001. The two schools were playing their first-ever match.
Pitt has two ACC regular season games remaining: at Duke (Oct. 27) and at Maryland (Oct. 31). Sunday’s Duke contest will be televised by the ACC Network and ESPN3 and broadcast locally on Root Sports in Pittsburgh.